Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sick Evolutionary Beats: A Reflection On The Images Of Greatness

When one is born in Shrewsbury, a town of trade, nearly at the same time as Lincoln, Abe, they gain an understanding of the world. My Image Of Greatness was Charles Darwin because he made many discoveries and stood up for what he believed to be true. My most proud moment of this project was memorizing my Darwin Rap. The hardest part of this project was getting research. After that, it was all smooth sailing on the HMS Beagle. The part of this project that helped me grow as a person was presenting. I tried to play it cool, but I was really, really nervous about going on stage. My friends made me feel a lot better though. I didn't miss a single line, and I hope it was a hit with the audience. If I could do this project any differently, I would have made my rap a little longer to include more info, as well as painted my board a different color. The best part of this entire celebration was being with my friends and performing on stage. We all had so much fun, and we all supported each other and cheered for each other. We were all there for each other. That's why I liked this project so much.
Love you guys!

Oh, also Charles Darwin dabbing was the best thing I've ever seen.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I Bought A Giant Turtle: A Reflection On Our DES MOINES Trip

            Our trip has been absolutely incredible. I learned so much on our adventure, saw so many things, and spent great quality time with my friends. It meant a lot to me that we were able to go on this trip, and I think we were very privileged to be able to visit Des Moines. My favorite part of our entire trip was visiting the art museum. I found all the artwork very powerful and occasionally weird. I also liked taking pictures and videos of the trip.
      The art museum really got me thinking. Some of the pieces I felt like I understood. Others I just didn't. I think the best example of art was the hanging trash. This might seem like an odd choice, but I just really felt that I could relate to it. I saw a piece by Pablo Picasso, and that was the only name that I recognized in the center. The one piece that won "Why is This Art?" was the T.V. There was this person rolling around in front of a boat. I understand that art has many different forms, but the only thing I could relate this to was me getting out of bed in the morning. It spoke to me as an eternal struggle against the odds, but it still seemed... weird.
     For me, the most educational part of the trip was going to the art museum, though it definitely wasn't the only place I learned things at. I feel like I got an understanding of modern, as well as older art by going to the center and seeing it for myself. I also learned there that you can and should make art out of trash, because it doesn't look half bad.
      I had lots of favorite parts about the trip. I liked the food, and being with my friends, and learning new things, and getting a giant turtle plush, (which I do not regret.) The science center was also very fun. The fire and ice demonstration, as well as the IMAX movie were both very entertaining. (Chris was pretty cool too.) I also liked spending time with Mrs. Edlin. I know that next year I won't see her everyday, which really hurts me, because of what a great teacher she's been for all of us.
     I think our trip truly fit the theme of Images Of Greatness because we got to learn about many people who did great things for other people. We also learned about people who made great work in the areas of art and science by visiting different places. Overall, this trip was incredible, just like all of our GOAL field trips. I don't think I could think of anything to improve this trip to be completely honest. Thank you Mrs. Edlin!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Independent Project Reflection: Learning About Learning

I used Prezi to create a project on the topic of exotic pets. The biggest thing I enjoyed about doing this project is that I was able to use my own videos of my animals in my project. The hardest part of the project was adding more knowledge. I knew a lot about my topic, but I wanted to learn more, so I really had to search for information. However I liked that in a way too. I really had to dig for information, but I still learned a lot of things that make me a better caretaker for my pets, and a better informer for those who want to know about them. I think this made me improve as a learner more, because I researched a topic that very few people know about. If I could do this project again, I would have taken longer videos of my pets so that I could have talked while the video played. If I have any suggestions for Mrs. Edlin, it would have to include our daily logs. They might be useful for some people, but for me it seemed like a waste of time and paper. I don't really feel like they helped me accomplish more, but that's just my feeling personally. Overall, I love independent projects, and this one was a blast because it let me learn about something I love and share my interest with people.

Friday, January 5, 2018

One Word: Letters of Self-Improvement

I chose the word "determined" as my word. I had lots of goals for this year, and I couldn't decide what word could relate to them all. I wanted to make more friends, so I thought about using the word kind as my word. However, I also wanted to be more brave, and be more sure about the decisions I make. So the word kind just didn't work at all. I wanted to use the word strong too, but that can be interpreted in so many ways. I wanted to be more emotionally strong so that I wouldn't give up easily. But strong didn't seem to give the effect I wanted. I wanted a word that kept me going. I wanted a word that fit all my goals. I wanted to be a better friend, a stronger person, and a person who won't give up. So I decided on the word determined. It was a perfect fit. When I think of the word, I think of never giving up, no matter the odds. It's a perfect word to match my goals. It tells me to keep trying, to keep going, to keep helping people. I liked this "mini project" in the end because it really got me thinking about myself, and I think it got other people thinking about themselves too.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Joy and Disappointment: Comparing To Kill A Mockingbird In It's Movie and Book Form

To Kill a Mockingbird was an incredible book. Filled with everything from the little joys of life, to the greatest downfalls of our society, the book is one of the most controversial, yet important, pieces of our American literature.

Don't even get me started on the movie though.

The movie form of, To Kill A Mockingbird was, as I see it, less than satisfactory. While it does do an extraordinary job of visualizing the characters, for the most part, it leaves out many things, many, important things. Some of these things are small, while some are larger, making it hard to truly appreciate the movie. One of the more smaller things left out is the "Son, wear your pants," line. It was very upsetting to not have Atticus say that line. That was my favorite line in the entire book, and they left it out. Everybody was very disappointed that this astronomical sentence was left out of the movie. It was a crushing blow to my heart, and for that I will always love the book more.

Another thing I disliked about the movie compared to the book was the near absence of Mrs. Dubose. While it seems weird when I say it, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Mrs. Dubose was a nasty, grouchy, unpleasant woman that seemed to get on Jem's nerves so badly you would think Jem would have lost his mind. However, when Atticus forced Jem to start reading to her, the more he did, the more my heart opened up to like Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose and her struggles with life intertwined Jem into the real world. Jem became a much better person, and his character grew a lot after Mrs. Dubose passed away. That part was more emotional to me than Tom Robinson's trial. As you can imagine, I was very pained by the lack of the grouchy, morpheine addicted woman in the movie.

Like I mentioned earlier, the movie did a great job of picturing the characters. Atticus looked exactly how I pictured him, with his giant glasses and stern face. His comments and speeches are spoken exactly how I hoped they would be, and everything just seemed to be perfect with him. The children also were portrayed very well, although Dill's nose was a bit large.

Overall, I preferred the book over the movie. Both productions were good in their own ways, though the movie left out too many of our inside jokes and favorite parts to truly appreciate it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA TODAY: 1st Quarter Publishing

Skye Krause L.A 8th hour

 If was invisible for a day, I would hide in a random classroom all day and make puns. If I was invisible, I would also prank Nicholas for all the things he does to me, but on a larger scale. Like for example, Nick put a sandwich in my locker once so high I was too short to see it, so I would fill his locker up with sandwiches, and when he would open it, they would all fall on him.

 What really gets on my nerves is Nicholas. He puts stuff in my locker, calls me short, (Which is not true, I happen to be only a little under average height), and takes my pencil at the most inopportune times. He makes me want to rip my hair out and tear my eyes out of their sockets. What makes the whole situation worse is that I have him in nearly all of my classes. Not only that, but he is also in my homeroom. What also gets on my nerves are cluttered spaces. I can not fall asleep until my room is not decluttered and cleaned. So you can understand why it drives me insane when I go to a certain friend’s house, and this certain friend has a cluttered room. Those things are what get on my nerves.